This year sees the launch of a new opportunity for an early/mid-career New Zealand curator, to spend 12 weeks in London, from 3 April – 23 June 2023.
In partnership with Delfina Foundation and Metroland Cultures and with the very generous support of Kent Gardner and British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, the fully funded residency (which includes return travel to London, accommodation at Delfina Foundation, and living costs) is for emerging / mid-career curators interested in testing and developing new approaches to a collaborative practice bridging artists and communities.
The 2023 residency has been awarded to James Tapsell-Kururangi (Te Arawa, Tainui, Ngāti Porou) by Delfina Foundation and Metroland Cultures. James is currently the project facilitator of Papatūnga, Te Tuhi’s programme for arts practitioners based at an urban marae in Howick, Tāmaki Makaurau. Find more information about him below.
“We are really excited to welcome James Tapsell-Kururangi to London in April, where he can learn from and likewise share knowledge to, the community of 7 co-resident artists and curators staying alongside him at Delfina Foundation." - Delfina Foundation
“We look forward to following the outcomes of the experience James will have in London and the legacy of this on the wider visual arts community in Aotearoa. We also look forward to James sharing his unique perspective with his peers while in London. At this pivotal moment for galleries and museums in the UK, new voices are emerging to challenge traditional directions and explore how the sector engages with diverse communities and addresses the many challenges that face society today." - Natasha Beckman, Director, British Council, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific
About the residency
The residency offers opportunities to gain training, skills and experience, while embedded in the curatorial workings of Metroland Cultures for 3 days/week. Metroland Cultures’ programme sits at the intersection of art and community, testing and pioneering new approaches that centre partnerships, strategies and approaches for community and artist collaboration. The residency will provide unique professional development opportunities related to exhibition organization, project management, artist liaison support, research and public programming.
For the balance of the week, the successful applicant will pursue their own research through a bespoke programme delivered by Delfina Foundation as part of their ‘open’ Spring 2023 residency season. This programme will include guided visits to museums, galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces and studios, as well as trips to institutions outside London; opportunities to meet and engage with artists, curators, academics and researchers through organised presentations, studio visits, events and meals; and professional development activities including: presentations and crits, portfolio reviews, and mentoring activities. Situated within Delfina Foundation, the resident will also benefit from career growth, mentorship as well as peer-to-peer exchange with other practitioners in residence.